Doris the lurcher who is known as the UK’s loneliest rescue dog has finally found a forever home.
Doris, 13, spent four years with her previous owner who fell terminally ill with cancer and could no longer care for her.
She was returned to the shelter four times. Including one of her owners who realized they couldn’t take care of Doris because they have children to look after too. Another owner who adopted Doris died and the poor dog had to return to shelter again.
The rescue staff first found Doris on their grounds six years ago, it took them a month to find a home for the dog. Doris was not habitual of living with children as she needed a quiet and quiet home environment. She was brought back to Freshfields.
Three months later, a retired couple adopted Doris and she stayed with them for five months until her owner died and his wife couldn’t look after him alone.
Operations manager Dawn Hurst, 47, said: ‘’Having Doris back broke our hearts because she has never done anything wrong, she has just been really unlucky. She must have been the unluckiest dog in the UK but she’s is such a sweet lovely animal, there really isn’t a bad bone in her body.’’
Staff launched an appeal to help Doris find a new home and luckily a Liverpool based dog-lover who has plenty of experience looking after rescue pups got in touch with them.
Doris’s new owner who doesn’t want to reveal her name offered the dog a forever home after seeing her sad story.
A spokesman for Freshfields said: ‘’Doris’s new owner saw her sad story and knew instantly that she could offer her a good home. She has had a rescue lurcher in the past and knew what fantastic dogs they were.’’
‘‘Staff instantly knew Doris had well and truly landed on her paws, and that she was going to be treated like a princess from here on. Doris will be living locally to Freshfields so we will be keeping in touch with her. We wish Doris and her new mom a life of love and happiness together!’’
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